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MARILYN HAGERTY: Being stuck on cold roof inspires Brosseau song

Born and raised in North Dakota, singer Tom Brosseau is based in Los Angeles. And his latest album, “Grass Punks,” was described recently in the Los Angeles Times.

The article refers to the song, “Stuck on the Roof Again,” as one of the highlights of the album. And that is interesting because Brosseau says he found the inspiration for the song from reading this column in the Herald. He was fascinated by a description of a person caught up on the roof clearing snow on a bitterly cold day when the ladder slipped to the ground.

The Los Angeles Times music blog said Tom Brosseau’s gentle voice is enough to fill his “Grass Punks” album.

And on Feb. 15, the Brosseau album was described by Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic.

He says Brosseau is best known as a collaborator in a vocal trio with actor-singer John C. Reilly and Becky Stark.

“This,” he writes, “is Brosseau’s first solo album in five years. It offers nine lovely, slightly askew acoustic songs about first kisses, people trapped on icy roofs, a rural North Dakota Dairy Queen.”

Tom Brosseau’s Grass Punks album was described as “searingly simple, sharp as a blade.”

“It’s safe to say that frills are not Tom Brosseau’s style,” the critic wrote. “No fuss, muss of any kind of musical extravaganza to distract listeners. Instead, with stripped down, tightly organized songs utilizing only his acoustic guitar and clever lyrics, Brosseau’s newest album takes the listener’s ear hostage.”

Brosseau’s February and March schedule is speckled with appearances in Portland and Seattle as well as in California cities of Davis, Sacramento, Berkeley, San Francisco and San Diego.

zThe son of Dr. Jim and Jolene Brosseau of Grand Forks, he has appeared here during the past year at the North Dakota Museum of Art and the Empire Arts Center.

Monster trucks

The weekend arrives with the Toughest Monster Truck Tour returning Saturday to the Alerus Center … And the UND hockey team on the road to St. Cloud, followed by Al Pearson’s bus and a bunch of cars … Mayor Mike Brown resting up after delivering his State of the City speech. … While scads of parents are getting ready for the Pee Wee B1 state tourney today.

Thoughts while eating tuna fish

If March comes in like a lion Saturday, she will go out like a lamb. Or so it has been said. … The license plate UNKL ED has been spotted around Mayville, N.D. … Wonder if I should go to the birthday party for Dr. Seuss at the UND book store Saturday. … It was nice when the staff this week honored Tom Kovar, the manager of the Ramada Inn, for 40 years on the job.

Grant and Phyllis

Cheerful people of the week: Grant Paranica and Phyllis Johnson.

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